Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #3

 This double page is very special to me: it’s about my baby daughter!

I picked this double page to be all about my daughter, because it has the calendar on the bottom of the right page saying “A DAY TO REMEMBER”, so I circled her birthday with a heart.
In addition to that I used adhesive letters to add the birth-month (spelled in the german version with an “i” in the end) and her name, as well as “My Girl” and the meaning of her Japanese name (kanji 七海), “7 seas”

I took polaroids of her, as well as me with her & my husband with her to fill out the page on the left with that. I really like the little frames for the polaroids that I got from a friend. On the page to the right I only added a palm print of hers and will use the empty space to fill it with all the funny, witty, interesting things she’ll say once she can talk (more).

In the middle I attached a little wooden ’ema’ keychain I bought at a Japanese shrine that sort of specialises on wishes & prayers for a good upbringing and education of children.
Something I added in the middle to the “rings” of my smash book are little ‘song cards’ as I like to call them. Basically I got a little crafty and made cards that on the front are decorated according to the theme of the lullaby/children’s song, and have the song lyrics written on the back. They are all  in Japanese lullabies (except for the one on the bottom left which is just the Japanese version of “twinkle twinkle little star”).

I can’t wait to fill the page on the right with quotes of all the things she says that I want to remember!

See all my Smash*Book updates HERE


Crochet Mood Blanket 2015 – Update

It’s been a while since I posted an update about my Crochet Mood Blanket 2015. I recently finished the 7th row (each 18 granny squares) and took a picture of how the blanket looks right now..

You can see that most colours are repetitive since I decided on a color code (explained in this blog post) and for the most part I’m going by that, maybe just using 2 or 3 colours if my day has been that mood-swingy 🙂 However there are a few squares that have a completely different colour range, those are special squares because the days were special, for instance my birthday. I really like it that way, because I can spot those special squares immediately and also know right away what they are and why I put them there.

As for the daily crocheting of a granny square it’s going quite well. It’s almost part of my daily routine by now. There was one time where I had to catch up over a few days because we were on a family vacation and I didn’t crochet any squares, but just noted down which colour that day was.

Excited to see how the blanket will look with another few rows added – going to post an update then 🙂


Crochet Mood Blanket 2015 – Update


So far it’s going well! I have had a few days where I wasn’t sure which colour to pick to sum up the whole day, because let’s face it: moods change throughout the day *mood swings* So I decided to always go for the mood that kinda dominated the day OR as you can see in some cases: I just used 2 colours for a square.

Crochet Mood Blanket 2015 – week 1

YAY, the first week of my Crochet Mood Blanket 2015 is done!! It almost has something therapeutic to sit down at the end of each day and crochet a granny square in the mood-fitting colour.


It started with the light green square because I was quite determined at the start of the new year (still am!!)

1. determination (personal)
2. blessed & loved with my beautiful baby girl who was in cuddle mood
3. productive making a little something for a friend
4. HAPPY (highlight of my week) at baby swimming class ❤
5. a little worried, a little pensive, a little chaotic (personal)
6. mildly grouchy & upset about husband taking down the Christmas tree – I love those lights!
7. feeling okay ….

Since I will have 18 squares go across, next weeks part will be joined right onto this first week. Quite exciting to see all the blocks come together!

Crochet Mood Blanket 2015 – here’s the plan!

I saw so many wonderful crafters who made a Crochet Mood Blanket 2014, that I decided to join the fun and challenge myself to making on in 2015.

The concept is simple: crochet a granny square a day according to your mood
What design to use for your granny square and what colours you assign to what mood is totally up to you. Some don’t assing any colours or yarn/wool at all and just decide as they go along.

Here’s the plan I made in my ‘handmade journal’ for my Crochet Mood Blanket 2015
It’s pretty self-explanatory, but I just want to add that I might take another hue of a colour, depending on my mood – for example: violet = funky, chaotic etc…but I might take a lighter shade of purple or even a darker one if I feel like it – as long as it’s stilla  violet/purple colour! Just makes the blanket even more diverse and colourful 🙂 I want to update my progress here on the blog, but havn’t decided on an update-pattern, maybe weekly, maybe bi-weekly maybe once a month…we’ll see.

Can’t wait to start come January 1st!!

There is no costume >.<『blogtober 2014』

The last day of blogtober2014 is…of course, about Halloween!

Halloween Costume Reveal fail

Unfortunately, here in Germany where I live, Halloween is not really a thing that is celebrated like in the US or other parts of the world. Sure, there are a FEW parties where people try and get a Halloween feeling going, and every other year maybe one kid knocks on your door (For the past few years no one knocked at our door at Halloween though).

So, I don’t have a costume – thus, no costume reveal (a bad ending to blogtober14 I know >.<)

Instead I’ll leave you (and October) with a box of some Halloween Dunkin Donuts I bought and hope it’s a forgivable compromise


Facts about me『blogtober 2014』

Day 30 of blogtober2014 is getting factual 🙂

Facts about you (I decided to list 10)

  • I was born on Valentines Day, so this year I had a really cool birthday date: 14.02.2014
  • I can read/speak/write/understand Japanese
  • I absolutely can’t stand unpunctuality (I’m the one who will be at a meeting point half an hour before it starts)
  • I have 2 gerbils – fluffy little furballs 🙂
  • My right foot is half a size bigger than my left foot
  • I did a high school year in Texas when I was 15 (lived with a host family)
  • I have Emdometriosis stage 3 & am infertile due to this disease
  • I’m a “big sister” although my “little sister” is taller than me 🙂
  • I was born in the former GDR (German Democratic Republic)
  • I studied 4 semesters of law before changing to East Asian Studies – Japanology

I can’t climb that pole!!『blogtober 2014』

Day 29 of blogtober2014 is about embarrassment

Most embarrasing moment
I thought about what to write for this prompt all day, and to be honest I couldn’t think of a really good story, or lots of embarrassing moments in my life. Sure, there were a few (everyone goes through some embarrassment in their life right?!), but my brain is pretty good in not keeping too many records of such situations – I like that.

There is one moment from my childhood that I found embarrassing and that I will remember forever. It’s an episode from gym/P.E. class, which was one of my LEAST favourite subject at school (not so much due to the physical effort involved as more due to the fact that we had to 1st class in every type of sport to get a good grade). There was one thing I hated most, because I just couldn’t do it: climbing up the pole! Yes, that was an exercise we had to do and got graded on during gym class in primary school. I tried it before, when no one was looking & on the playground so I KNEW FOR SURE I was not able to climb up that pole. Instead it would just hang on the bottom of the pole like a sack of potatoes. My gym teacher, she was an evil woman. I talked to her and told her that I can’t do it, I don’t know how to make my body work ina way that will enable me to climb up that pole. A good teacher would have maybe offered to stay for a few minutes after class and help me learn it a bit – NOT HER! She ordered me in front of the whole class to climb that stupid pole.

There I stood with all the other kids staring at me, already grinning cause they knew I fail so bad at this. When I think about that moment I can still feel the embarrassment I felt back then. I refused over and over again, telling her I don’t know how to climb up the pole. She then told me to go back to the dressing room and change (getting send out of class was a really bad thing, and I was never sent out of class ever before or again in my school life). So I stomped off, arms crossed angrily in front of my chest. Just before I went through the gym door, I turned around and stuck out my tongue to the teacher (It was such a rebel thing to do back then…. well, it was the only rebel thingI could think of and dared to do!) That of course had her coming after me to the dressing room and writing a note to my parents.

To this day I think that I was not in the wrong, that she was jut a horrible fail as a teacher alltogether for making me the laughing  stock of the class rather than helping me when I turned to her with my problem.



Superstition『blogtober 2014』

Day 28 of blogtober2014  is about superstiton.

Things you’re superstitious about
Not many, to be honest. I don’t fear fridays on the 13th of a month or black cats coming from the ride side (or was it left??). None of that scares me, so maybe superstition is not really something I believe in.

I do, however, believe in not wishing anything bad on anyone, not even my biggest enemies or the worst people in this world (I don’t really wish them anything good either though!!). That is the one point that always is in the back of my mind – making me think that if I would deliberately wish something bad on somebody, this very “thing” might happen to me or my loved ones.

So…Karma…yea, I do believe in Karma…in a way.